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What is reyes syndrome?

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Dr. Ruben Nazario answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

A serious condition: Reye syndrome is a condition that causes liver and brain damage. The cause is not clear, but it usually occurs in children with chicken pox or the flu who receive Aspirin for fever. The symptoms include nausea and vomiting, with confusion, lethargy, disorientation, and agitation.Can lead to a state of coma and death. The best prevention is to not use Aspirin to reduce your child's fever.

Answered 9/7/2018

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Dr. John Simpson answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Dz. of brain & liver: A medical syndrome characterized by acute vomiting and the progression of worsening neurologic symptoms which develops within 5 to 7 days after the beginning of an acute viral illness. The illness includes fatty degeneration of the liver due to mitochondrial injury. It is believed to be associated with the intake of aspirin-containing products by children during viral illness.

Answered 5/14/2013

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Dr. Thomas Heston answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Childhood disease: Reye syndrome is sudden (acute) brain damage and liver function problems of unknown cause. For prevention, do not give a child Aspirin or Aspirin containing products unless specifically told to do so by a doctor. See http://goo.Gl/djao4 and http://sgoti.Ws/winvhh.

Answered 6/24/2014

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Dr. David Rosenfeld answered

Specializes in Pain Management

See below: Reye's syndrome, a deadly disease, strikes swiftly and can attack any child, teen, or adult without warning. All body organs are affected with the liver and brain suffering most seriously. While the cause and cure remain unknown, research has established a link between reye's syndrome and the use of Aspirin and other salicylate containing medications, otc products, and topical use products.

Answered 6/24/2014

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Dr. James Ferguson answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Deadly process: First noted in the 60'sand peaking in the 70's, this is a pattern of acute liver failure,coma and often death. It often struck kids recovering from flu or chickenpox. Its cause is unclear, but an association with intake of any salicylate product was recognized.After salicylates were stopped for kids under 16, the condition has all but disappeared.

Answered 7/5/2014

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